Windcheetah Implodes

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UpWrong
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Windcheetah Implodes

Postby UpWrong » 11 Nov 2017, 7:25am

Very sad to read that Windcheetah AVD have seemingly imploded leaving a number of customers with no trike after full payment and waits of around a year or more: http://forum.bhpc.org.uk/windcheetah-karl-sparenburg_topic6388.html

I couldn't recommend trying to buy anything from them at the moment. I just hope the problems are resolved one way or another.

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Re: Windcheetah Implodes

Postby belgiangoth » 12 Nov 2017, 10:47am

Karl wrote:Mark

Phoned you this morning and left a message, just emailed you about 30mins ago.

Kindest Regards
Karl

Normal service should be resumed from now on. All emails to others are in a queue and I will get through them as soon as possible.


Recumbent manufacturers are not Trek et al, more like a custom frame builder; if they get the flu and are off for a couple weeks they disappear and there’s no one to take up the slack.

Fingers crossed it’s all resolved now.
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Re: Windcheetah Implodes

Postby UpWrong » 12 Nov 2017, 11:49am

You stopped reading too soon. That's not the end of the story.

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Re: Windcheetah Implodes

Postby belgiangoth » 12 Nov 2017, 11:07pm

Looks like a real shame and another warning to prospective recumbent manufacturers.
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Re: Windcheetah Implodes

Postby UpWrong » 15 Nov 2017, 7:20am

I hear Dtek have been trying to get hold of Karl for some time to discuss acquiring the brand but haven't been able to contact him despite repeated efforts.

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Re: Windcheetah Implodes

Postby [XAP]Bob » 15 Nov 2017, 7:26am

UpWrong wrote:I hear Dtek have been trying to get hold of Karl for some time to discuss acquiring the brand but haven't been able to contact him despite repeated efforts.

There is some irony in that...

It’s a real shame, the wind cheetah trikes really did look like nice pieces of kit. The approach to steering input was interesting, and all the wheels being stub axle has some benefits...
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Re: Windcheetah Implodes

Postby D.TEK HPVS » 15 Nov 2017, 10:33pm

As a ICE UK premier dealer I can confirm the Falmouth works have offered the ICE VTX model.
At a special discounted price to all affected Windcheetah purchasers
Why should they bother ????
Because the boys and girls in Cornwall care about the recumbent scene :)
Bentrider online USA have run the story along with BHPC UK
Its not pleasant reading with some purchasers owed thousands having paid in full upfront .

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Re: Windcheetah Implodes

Postby [XAP]Bob » 15 Nov 2017, 10:35pm

The guys at ICE are sound - this is above and beyond...
A shortcut has to be a challenge, otherwise it would just be the way. No situation is so dire that panic cannot make it worse.
There are two kinds of people in this world: those can extrapolate from incomplete data.

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Re: Windcheetah Implodes

Postby HenryL » 27 Nov 2017, 4:43pm

Hello, new user here. I would never be involved with a uk forum except this past weekend I had the miss fortune of having the rear derailleur of my clubsport somehow get tangled in the chain. The derailleur is an easy fix, the hanger arm unfortunately is not and did not survive. Trying to find the web site I learned the company may be no more. Is there a source for parts that anyone knows of?

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Re: Windcheetah Implodes

Postby D.TEK HPVS » 27 Nov 2017, 5:40pm

Don't Panic Don't Panic Mr Mannering or Windcheetah owners
I can help you ..........with most spares to offer support to current owners
Let me have the frame number and confirm if its 8 or 9 speed block
I assume its snapped in the middle ?
If its snapped at the two fixing bolt position
It would be wise to check and inspect the threads are not stripped on the main axle housing .
Was it a push back in the garage accident and you nudged the gear shifter ??
or did you turn the trike into a two wheeler during a forced landing :oops:
Regards Kevin D

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Re: Windcheetah Implodes

Postby HenryL » 27 Nov 2017, 7:19pm

Kevin
Disappointment rather than panic is the order of the day. Frame number is either 723 or 728, not home right now to look at it. Will confirm later. I am on the east coast of USA so there is likely a time difference. How it happened is I started up my steep driveway, right foot unclipped, bike rolled backwards, re-clipped thinking nothing of it, rolled forward and I guess things were tangled resulting in SNAP. Shimano 105 8 speed derailleur is toast but that can be replaced. Tried to attach a picture, no joy, file too large. Piece broke at the bolt hole where the derailleur attaches, split in half. One half of the bolt hole remained attached to the derailleur. From the looks of things it wasn't a clean break. BTW, bike never sits on the floor, it hangs safely off ground unless being ridden, I have never rolled it in all the years I have owned her. Really doesn't matter, end result is as you see. Any advice and or help would be appreciated.

Regards Henry

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Re: Windcheetah Implodes

Postby Brucey » 28 Nov 2017, 12:17am

if you want to post a picture in this forum either

a) put it on a photo hosting site and past the url between img tags or
b) reduce it in size (less than 200kb I think is about right) and have it as an attachment to the post.

To reduce the file size, I use a program called "FastStone photo resizer" but there are lots of other options. Many devices have an option for reducing the file size built in.

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